(CNN) - Former Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has bested fellow Republican Gov. Sarah Palin in the fundraising race in the first half of the year, a very early indicator of potential strength in the 2012 GOP presidential race.
Romney's Free and Strong America PAC raised $1.6 million in the first six months of this year, according to a statement released by the political action committee Thursday. (updated Thursday: a Romney aide has provided CNN with a total number of donors, both itemized and unitemized, for the first half of the year.)
Romney's take is more than twice the roughly $730,000 raised in the same period by Palin's SarahPAC - but the Alaska governor's political action committee has pulled in an additional $200,000 since she announced July 3 that she would be leaving office by the end of the month. Romney and Palin each received funds from more than 11,000 contributors.
Romney's PAC had roughly $841,000 in cash on hand as of June 30. It said Thursday it had contributed about $36,000 to federal candidates and political action committees and nearly another $27,000 to state candidates.
Romney's PAC contributed $5000 each to South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt, and to Jim Tedisco, who mounted an unsuccessful bid in New York's 20th Congressional District during a special election earlier this year. The PAC also contributed $1000 each to a group of Republicans who were targeted in a Democratic ad campaign because of their opposition to the $787 stimulus bill passed soon after President Obama took office.
Romney's PAC contributed to four Republicans in Virginia running for state offices, as well as to Chris Christie who is running against New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine in 2010.
The New Hampshire affiliate of Romney's federal PAC also contributed $10,000 to the New Hampshire Republican Party, according to Thursday's statement.
(updated to reflect additional information from the Romney team)
Palin will campaign for the Republican nominee, but I don't think she will ever hold a national office unless she is appointed. I don't think Romney has much of a chance either, even if he wasn't against Obama.
Watching these two clowns spending millions ripping each other to shreds is going to be entertaining to watch.
Dream team alright....as in "Dream On." Repubs are done for the next 8 years. Why waste your money campaigning.
history repeats July 16th, 2009 12:29 pm ET
HES A MORMON! do we need to do anymore research to realize the man LACKS common sense?! has anybody read up on how mormonism was created and what these people believe?
Where's the "separation of church and state" everyone rants about when the topic is abortion or gay marriage? Being a resident of MA, I can say I never saw one single incident of Romney doing anything as Governor which was a result of being a Mormon.
I'm not a Mormon, nor do I agree with the Mormon religion. But keep religion out of it. Fair is Fair?
Palin failed to "stay the course" as Gov of Alaska. She quit when the going got tough. What's she gonna do when facing crisis as President?
Pull out her "dead fish go with the flow" wisdom?
palin has never had a shot at being elected to any office outside of alaska. with her most likely becoming an independent, she'll raise even less money, and spend (thankfully) even less time in the spotlight.
Well, let's see who comes out ahaead. Romney's supporters will be plopping down $1,000 a plate, while Palin's supporters will be bringin' her beaver pelts and eggs.
isn't there a game show available for "mitt" to host? i can't stand either one of these people but at least palins son is serving his country in a war zone. can't say that for any of the romney boys.
Sarah Palin has absolutely no shot to be president. She doesn't have the intelligence, stamina or experience for the job. Her celebrity is a comment on the vapidity of a segment of American society. Palin will support a Democrat or two in 2010 as a way obtaining broader appeal, but there's no way she will gain any support at all among Democrats.
Surely Governor Romney is much brighter than Palin.He may be conservative but compared to Sarah Palin he is like Cinderella compared with the a cochroach.
"I don't think she plans on running for POTUS.
I see her more going after Obama and his plans to turn our great country into a nanny state."
I couldn't possibly agree more. She took one for the team and is going to be the biggest thorn-in-the-side attack dog the democrats have ever encountered. They are going to be majorly distracted trying to defend themselves from her. She's crazy like a fox and should not be underestimated.
@ phoenix86 July 16th, 2009 12:38 pm ET
Dear: "Educate yourselves before you open your mouth and just let the words fall out",
No, he meant people like you who don't think for yourselves.
Oooooh . . . nice come back. However, in my book that would make you the "elitist" since you obviously let Fox News do your thinking for you.
Don't criticize donttreadonme for not backing up any arguments with actual facts. Facts aren't necessary to Republicans. If they were, there would not have been over 750 BILLION spent on Iraq.
That lying, jack-booted farce needs to be stopped no matter what the cost. Then let her join the rest of the dung pile on Fox News. It's where she belongs.
Betcha it is going to take more than money for either one of them to be elected to anything -
I bet Dave, TCM, and Mike are "old" white guys. They hate everything that is not old or uneducated like them.
But do not venture in DC. We will shoot you like we did yesterday in the US Capitol area.
Raise all the cash you want. I wouldn't invest a NICKEL in either one of them !!
I have no love to politics folks! You don't have to reply to any of my posting to dispute anything that I said about Palin. I would just like to say something here since CNN is kind enough to post my writing even though I'm not a liberal
When this country was founded, politicians were true servants to the people with honor and dignity. They don't have to worry about where the campaign money comes from and which special interest groups they need to pay back later, etc. There's not much glamour to be in politics back then (I watch John Adams HBO series) However, In the past several decades, politics turn into a rich people game and special interest/lobbist games ! Whoever has more money will have the power to control us! I just wish one day that we need to get back down to the basic that 'Government is our Servant', not 'our Master'. That we don't need solution for all people from the government, but more freedom (less taxes) so that we can do more for ourselves and our families!
We definitely need someone with a servant's heart! That's all I want to say!
Does anybody really think that having Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid running the country is any better than Romney and Sarah Palin? BTW, Palin raised her money without even trying. Like her or not, she is a celebrity who will be able to raise the big bucks.
Money down the toilet to my mind....keep yer money so you can pay more taxes and save the world
Look, the current republican field is weak. Sarah killed her future many times over. Quitting her job as governor was the icing on the cake. She is also too extreme/unqualified for the general public. As a democrat, Mitt is a candidate that I think could win the presidency but I don't think the evangelicals will vote him to the general election. He does come across as fake to me but he did help start 'universal' health care in MA so I give him some props for that. His foreign policy stances are terrible. Mike is also too extreme for the general public. His stance on gays and federal sales tax will kill him. I do think he would be better at not pandering to big business though. Newt is the guy I'm afraid of. He is smart and could pretend that he cares about Americans. I can see people being fooled by him even though he is very rush like.
In the end, it's Obama's to lose. If the economy turns around in 2 years or so, he wins. Otherwise, it will be a toss up.
It's pretty well established that Romney will make another run for the presidency and that Palin will not. Too bad Romney wasn't the republican candidate in Nov.
He has very rich friends and he thinks that those who are not rich should be denied all access to power. Either will be seen for what they are, and neither will be elected any position of responsibility.
Why do liberals hate Sarah Palin so much? This woman is a hardworking mother of five, that happens to have conservative values. If she was a democratic she would be praised for having a diverse story growing up. Sarah Palin has hurt no one, but the liberals continue to vicously attack her character and her family. Maybe, these liberals just hate anyone that may have a difference of opinion.
Okay, I take issue with this article for only one reason...it is July 2009, not 2012. WHY are we talking about the next presidential election already? Obama has barely been in office and has plenty more time to either do supremely well or incredibly poorly, and the Republicans have plenty of time to produce new names to their cause. Do we, as a country, have such short attention spans that we can't even focus on who just got elected instead of could happen 4 years from now? Come on, people.